I can be sure of that because this was a postcard and it was sent in the March of that year. Judging by the number of cars I doubt that we can be much earlier than that, although I know there will be someone who will be able to use the make of car to firm up the date.
What I like about it is not only the obvious differences which mark it off as from another time but what makes it so familiar. Take away the old cars, the horse and cart and the slightly odd looking fashionable straw hats and the square is very recognisable.
And the nature of the businesses along this western side of the square are very different. Back then there was a collection of Ladies’ outfitters, milliners, jewellers and shops specialising in glass, earthenware and more than one silversmith. Quite a change from fast food outlets and stationer’s shops.
What makes the post card just that bit different was that it was sent from Morcombe to a Mrs S Basson in Northampton with the promise that Steve "had several views of Manchester of this was one of them."
Picture; from the collection of Rita Bishop, courtesy of David Bishop